Native to landmasses in the western Indian Ocean (Madagascar, Seychelles and Comoros), Mimusops coriacea can now be found cultivated in many tropical areas of the world. This gives a hint to some economic importance, and in this case there seem to be two reasons: some element of edibility and as a windbreak when planted in rows. Common names also hint that it is edible, including pomme Jacquot and monkey’s apple. However, online writings about eating the fruit imply that it is more enjoyed by children than adults (see: Eat the Weeds and Discover Mauritius). Unfortunately, like so many plant species transported to similar habitats and climates of their native range, it is listed as invasive in many areas where it has been introduced.